The war in Afghanistan is nearly 10 years old. Thousands of Afghan civilians and hundreds of British troops have been killed in what is widely acknowledged to be an unwinnable and unjust war. On top this the war is wracking up huge financial costs at a time of drastic cuts to welfare and public servcies. £4.5 billion a year is currently spent on the war, the same amount that is being cut from public sector pensions.
And while the government and mainstream media would like to make out that the war is winding down, these costs, on all fronts, are rising. Casualty rates are at their highest since the war began and the budget for the war grows year on year. In just over 2 minutes this video charts the rising costs in human life and billions of pounds. For all the essential facts on the war, and to find out why we have to get the troops out, watch this video.
Narrated by Tony Benn with music by Brian Eno.
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Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.
Lesley Chow argues for a new kind of music criticism that re-evaluates women musicians and "meaningless" music, writes Rhian E Jones
Olympic ‘legacy’ has greased the path for enormous, upward transfer of wealth to the global propertied classes, writes Jules Boykoff
If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett.
Major financial institutions have cited Deliveroo’s employment practices for its disastrous public share launch. Alice Martin and Tom Powdrill look at what went wrong and what it might mean for workers’ rights
Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers
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